Thursday, April 29, 2004

CFP - A Saturday College Composition and Communication Conference-Intellectual Property Workshop, 2005

Call for Presenters for a Saturday College Composition and Communication Conference-Intellectual Property Workshop, 2005

The CCCC-Caucus on Intellectual Property invites proposals for roundtable presentations relating to issues of intellectual property, copyright law, fair use, authorship and ownership, and other related topics for a workshop, Intellectual Property in Composition Studies, to be held at the 4Cs in March 2005. Please send a 50-word abstract describing your proposed 6-8 minute presentation by May 1st to Candace Spigelman at

Workshop presentations are exempt from CCCC restrictions on multiple submissions. Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

--University IP contracts: who owns your work?
--When do teaching materials become joint creator/university works?
--Fair use in digital environments.
--Erosion of fair use for scholarly work
--Negotiating the TEACH Act for distance education.
--What determines “extra-ordinary support” for distance education?
--Should “regular instructional works” be treated as equivalent to traditional works of scholarship?
--How can we make the best of online electronic reserves for our classes?
--Alternative licensing models for scholarly authors.
--Consulting versus publishing: how building a useful body of creative commons/open source content can lead to consulting, paid workshops, and other professional opportunities.
--Student IP/privacy and the data-based classroom: what a writing teacher should know.
--Teaching about IP: incorporating discussions of IP in comp or tech writing classrooms.
--How plagiarism is and is not an IP issue.
--Why isn't most faculty work considered “work for hire”?

Candace Spigelman, Ph.D.
Department of English
Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College
(610) 396-6184

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Fun/useful Site -- Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

NOTE: This is the URL for the new book by Lynn Truss that was previously published in the UK. This is all about punctuation (and who couldn't learn something from this grammar morality tale).

From the site: In 2002 Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation (“A sparkling series of essays”—Daily Telegraph), which led to the writing of Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The book became a runaway success in the UK, hitting number one on the bestseller lists and prompting extraordinary headlines such as “Grammar Book Tops Bestseller List” –BBC News. With more than 500,000 copies in print in her native England, Lynne Truss is ready to rally the troops on this side of the pond with her rousing cry, “Sticklers unite!”


NPR Morning Edition Story and Interview:

Well, its writing - ALA Library Funding Web site

The Communications and Marketing Office today launched the new Tell Your Story! component of the ALA Library Funding Web site. The new ALA Library Funding Web site provides important information about funding cutbacks in libraries in states throughout the country. The Tell Your Story! component is an anecdotal collection that will allow library advocates to submit stories of how funding issues have impacted their communities, as well as retrieve stories to share with legislators, decision-makers, and the media.

With National Legislative Day around the corner, we hope that library advocates will take advantage of this new resource, sharing examples for use in upcoming meetings with legislators and beyond.

To view, go to Scroll down to the Tell Your Story! area to submit your library funding story or to read stories about funding impacts around the country.

Mark Gould
Public Information Office @ your library

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

CFP - SITE 2005 (Phoenix, AZ) (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education)

CFP - SITE 2005 (Phoenix, AZ) (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education)

SITE 2005 is the 16th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

SITE is unique as the only organization which has as its sole focus the integration of instructional technologies into teacher education programs. SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through conferences, books, projects, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE).


Call for Participation:

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education:

CFP - E-Learn 2004 (Washington DC)

CFP - E-Learn 2004 (Washington DC)

E-Learn 2004 provides a unique international forum for Government, Healthcare, Education, and Business professionals to discuss the latest issues, strategies, applications, development, and research, to explore new technologies, and to identify solutions for today's challenges related to online learning.


Call for Participation:

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education:

CFP - Reference Librarian (Special Issue on Reference Assessment and Evaluation)

CFP - Reference Librarian (Special Issue on Reference Assessment and Evaluation)

You are invited to submit proposed articles for an upcoming issue of The Reference Librarian devoted to Reference Assessment and Evaluation. Articles appearing in this issue of The Reference Librarian will subsequently be published as a book by Haworth Press. Articles are invited to address current theoretical research and practical applications on any aspect of Reference Assessment and Evaluation. Articles may include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

Case Studies
Distance Education
Electronic Reference Resources
Focus Groups
Library Instruction
Qualitative Measures
Quantitative Measures
Satisfaction Surveys
Staff Development
Unobtrusive Testing
Usage of Statistics
Virtual Reference Services

Submission Instructions: Articles should be at least fifteen pages, double-spaced, and follow the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. In order to be considered for publication, articles are due by September 1, 2004. Please send an electronic copy in Microsoft Word to one of the following editors:

Tom Diamond
Head, Reference Services
Louisiana State University
Middleton Library

Mark Sanders
Outreach Services Librarian
Louisiana State University
Middleton Library

Monday, April 19, 2004

CFP - Postcolonial Studies Special Issue on 'Digital Culture'

CFP - Postcolonial Studies Special Issue on 'Digital Culture'

"Postcolonial studies is heavily affected by processes of globalisation. Among these trends is the spread of networked computing and digital culture, from email and websites, from Usenet to massively multiple online games and digital art, from net news journals to blogs. Digital culture also affects the world labour market as workers around the globe are recruited into high technology jobs as diverse as assembly line production of computers, homeworked programming of software and call centres where workers are taught the rudiments of foreign (mostly American) cultures to enable telephone support for products and services. New media, in short, are now global. This special issue inquires into the consequences of such phenomena for the postcolonial condition."

For contact information, visit:

For information on the journal, visit:

Sunday, April 18, 2004

CFP - Virtual Reference Desk Conference, November 2004, Cincinnati, Ohio

CFP - Virtual Reference Desk Conference, November 2004, Cincinnati, Ohio

The VRD conference explores all aspects of reference service in a broad range of contexts, including libraries and information centers, government, business, education, and other industry sectors or organizations. The theme of this year's conference, "Creating a Reference Future," emphasizes the rapid growth and changing nature of reference, as the latest technologies meld with traditional reference service to create dynamic new hybrids in information provision. Authors are encouraged to examine issues, identify practices, and propose organizational and technological systems, standards, and procedures that advance the state of reference librarianship as practiced in a variety of environments and mediums. Please note that the scope of this year's conference has been expanded to explore reference work in its entirety, and not just digital reference. Presenters will receive free registration for the conference.

For more information, please see:

Call for Proposals page:

Friday, April 16, 2004

CFP - Bridging Communities: Community Theory and Practice in a Changing World" (Ontario, Canada)

CFP - Bridging Communities: Community Theory and Practice in a Changing World" (Ontario, Canada)

This conference is being organized to enhance interdisciplinary ties between those in the academic world exploring ideas of community, and those practitioners and organizations focused on community work.

Across the disciplines we find diverse definitions, boundaries and societal implications associated with ideas of 'community' - making for complex and contested theoretical terrain. Meanwhile, community, as a powerful taken-for-granted discourse in our day-to-day worlds, serves as the basis for a diversity of local social, environmental, and political practices. And, it does this within continuously shifting social and political contexts. It is this juncture of community theory and praxis upon which the Laurier Brantford conference is situated this coming September 30-October 2, 2004.

For more information, visit:


Thursday, April 15, 2004

Call for Papers -- Libraries Deanship, United Arab Emirates University

Libraries Deanship, United Arab Emirates University Arabic Scripts Web-based Catalogs in the 21st Century: Present and Future Challenges

Call for papers
Libraries Deanship, United Arab Emirates University is pleased to invite catalogers, system librarians, and library managers to submit proposal for papers to participate in a two days symposium

Theme: Arabic Scripts Web-based Catalogs
Venue: Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
Patron: United Arab Emirates University, Libraries Deanship
Time: 22-23 Nev. 2004, 9-10 Shawwal 1425

The Web-based catalog is perhaps one of the most technological accomplishments of library profession in the 21st century. With the advent of Web-based catalogs the remote access to all library resources and
electronic collections becomes a reality not only for in-campus use but also for world- wide access. Thus the library without wall, which was once a dream has become a reality. This global technological revolution, has in turn paved the way for online provision and electronic exchange of Arabic scripts bibliographical records. In the Light of these technological advancements, the library in the Arab world strives to fully utilize the networked technology to make the Arabic scripts catalog an instrumental tool for the achievement of an Arab knowledge-based society. To keep pace with these developments the Technical Services Division at the Libraries Deanship feels an urgent need to hold a symposium for the discussion of
the role, challenges, and obstacles of networked Arabic script catalogs in the 21st century, facing the Arabic materials catalogers in the new electronic era. Proposal may focus on:

1. Towards networked Arabic scripts catalogs complying with display and design guidelines.
2. The Arabic cataloger in an electronic environment that supports online exchange of bibliographic records and authorities.
3. Educational and qualifications requirements of Arabic cataloging professional in the lights of the new electronic environment.
4. Role of Quality of Arabic catalogs output in the electronic exchange of bibliographic records.
5. Networked Arabic catalog and serving the varying information needs of remote users: providing access to full-text resources.
6. Authority control in bi-scripts catalogs.
7. Performance of Arabic online cataloging modules in packages used by libraries in Arab World.
8. Cataloging of electronic resources in the Arab world library.

Guidelines and Requirements:
· Proposals should be related to the symposium theme, sub-themes or any related area.
· The proposal should have an abstract of 250 - 300 words in Arabic and English language.
· The proposal should have the following elements:
-Statement of the problem/purpose/theme
-A clear statement of objectives / research questions or hypotheses.
-Procedures: Clear description of the procedures
-Outline of topics/areas/issues to be covered
· The proposal should clearly convey the essence of the paper.
· Submission of proposal according to deadline.
· The proposal should include: title, abstract, position or title of presenter, employer or the affiliation, e-mail address, phone and fax contacts, and a mailing address.

15-5-2004 deadline for submission of the proposal n the form of a brief (maximum 500 word) abstract.
15-7-2004 Notification of acceptance/rejection of proposals.
15-9-2004 deadline for submission of complete papers.
15-10 2004 the announcement of accepted researches and papers.

The symposium will be under the patronage of the Libraries Deanship of the United Arab Emirates University. Presentations of paper will be in the Seminar theatre in the Zayed Central Library. The United Arab Emirate will arrange visa and pay for the accommodations and meals expenses for those whose papers approved by the scientific committee. Other attendees have to arrange their accommodation and other expenses.

Proposals may be sent to:
Mr. Ibrahim al-Tiniji
Head, Technical Services Division,
Libraries Deanship, United Arab Emirates University
United Arab Emirates, Al-Ain
P. O. Box 1441

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

CFP - Encyclopedia of Documentary Film

CFP - Encyclopedia of Documentary Film

Calling for authors to write for the Encyclopedia of Documentary Film, to be published by Routledge (a division of Taylor & Francis Books) in September 2005. The Encyclopedia will be a three-volume work and will contain over 800 entries describing individual films, directors, producers, theorists, production companies, and publications. It will also address broad themes such as modernism, Marxism, and feminism, and key concepts including reflexivity and autobiography.

Entries will also cover style techniques, technical issues, and types of documentaries. Overviews of the documentary film traditions of specific countries and regions will also be provided.

For the first 2000 words commissioned, contributors will receive a copy of the Encyclopedia. Contributors commissioned for less than 2,000 words will be paid at the rate of $75 per thousand words. Commissioned word counts in excess of 2000 words will be paid at the rate of $75 per thousand words.

For more information regarding style guidelines, sample articles, and available entries, please email Thank you very much.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

CFP from English Department at the University of Pennsylvania

NOTE: This is a great resource for literature and culture calls for papers. You can subscibe to the mailing list or view them on a web page.

From their site: "The English Department at the University of Pennsylvania hosts an electronic mailing list ( and website ( for calls for papers on English and American Literature and Culture. We encourage conference or panel organizers and volume editors to find the largest possible audience for their announcements by posting them on this list and web archive."

Encyclopedia of American Science seeking contributors

Encyclopedia of American Science seeking contributors

The Encyclopedia of American Science, to be published by M. E. Sharpe in 2006, seeks contributors to write entries ranging from 500 to 1500 words on every aspect of American science: natural history, geography, biology, botany, chemistry, physics, medicine, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and computer science, applied science, philosophy and sociology of science, astronomy, and geosciences. If interested, please email Russell Lawson for contributor's guidelines and a headworld list.

Russell Lawson
Bacone College
Muskogee, Oklahoma

LINK for above description:

CFP: International Conference on Storytelling and Cultural Identity (Portugal)

CFP: International Conference on Storytelling and Cultural Identity (Portugal)

The primary focus of this conference is to explore the power of storytelling in the recuperation of memory, collective identity formation, and the presence of oral traditions in literature and the sister arts. All forms of storytelling narrative (oral and written), performative, cinematic, musical, and hybrid as well as methodologies (literary, linguistic, sociological, political, anthropological, etc.) will be considered as long as they relate to the themes explicit and implicit in the title of this conference. Papers may be presented in any of the following languages: Portuguese, Castilian, English, and French. For more information, visit:


Biomedical Digital Libraries - Introduction and Call for Papers

Biomedical Digital Libraries - Introduction and Call for Papers

Biomedical Digital Libraries will be an Open Access, peer-reviewed online journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of digital library content and usage in biomedical settings, including academic medical centers, research and development institutes, and health care institutions. Preliminary information about the journal is available at The journal is published by BioMed Central.

For information and the Call for Papers, visit:

Monday, April 12, 2004

ACRL seeks proposals for 2005 Midwinter Meeting workshops

ACRL seeks proposals for 2005 Midwinter Meeting workshops

ACRL invites you to submit a proposal for a half-day or full-day workshop to be held at the 2005 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Friday, January 14, 2005. Workshop programs should allow participants
to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles. Workshops that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to Margot Sutton Conahan (; 312-280-2522) at ACRL by May 14, 2004. Completed proposals should include the following:

-Workshop title
-Learning outcomes (at least three)
-Type of audience
-Maximum number of attendees
-Length of program (half-day or full-day)
-Speaker names and contact information
-Audiovisual requirements
-Misc. requirements (handouts, special supplies, etc.)

As workshops have individual registration fees, ACRL staff will work with you to develop a budget for your workshop. Questions? Contact Margot Sutton Conahan at

Margot Sutton Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
Association of College and Research Libraries
a division of the American Library Association
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520

Great Source -- Beyond the Job blog

This is a great resource that has lots of professional opportunities for librarians. It is compiled by the "Library Job People," Sarah Johnson and Rachel Singer Gordon.

CFP: Literature of the Pacific (6/1/04; collection)

CFP: Literature of the Pacific (6/1/04; collection)

We call for papers for a proposed edited collection on the topics of literature and authority—governmental, legal, rhetorical, anthropological--in the Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, other Pacific Island nations and Hawai’i. Successful essays will address one or more Pacific writers and/or texts, including both indigenous and "white" writers, and will address either how the interrelationships of politics and culture affects writers, readers, and literature or how literatures (traditional and non-traditional) reflect themes of the relationship of history, authority, and cultural self-expression.

Possible topics:
--literature as revisionist historiography/anthropology
--colonialism, postcolonialism, or neo-colonialism and as discussed in Pacific literature
--laws (or governmental practice) about who can write, about what is piracy or copyrighted, criminality, social transgression, incarceration and other related topics as related to national identity and/or national literature
--governmental coups or instability as reflected or discussed in literature
--politics of land rights and property, treaty, mining, farming rights, and land use, both of indigenous and non-indigenous people, as reflected or discussed in literature
--ecological and environmental laws and issues as reflected or discussed in literature
--women’s rights and family laws about domestic violence, reproduction, marriage, and divorce as reflected or discussed in literature
--welfare, worker’s rights, and social justice legislation as reflected or discussed in literature
--education as reflected or discussed in literature
--medical practice, medicine, drug use, drinking and public drunkenness laws as reflected or discussed in literature
--law enforcement or the penal system as reflected or discussed in literature
--questions of what is a crime and who are criminals (outlaws) as reflected or discussed in literature

Deadlines: Please submit 150-250 word abstracts of original, unpublished work by June 1 to one of the following addresses. By e-mail: Ned Watts:; Roger Bresnahan:; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower: By mail: Roger Bresnahan, Dept. of Writing, Rhetoric
and American Cultures, 235 Bessey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033.

The editors will respond to submissions by July 15 and will expect completed manuscripts by December 15. The editors are interested in essays that are theoretically mature yet highly readable, that are grounded in readings of literature in the service of cultural studies, and that add to the growing interest in literature of the Pacific and in intersections between literature and legal issues.

Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Michigan State University

Book-reviews editor,
Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

Friday, April 09, 2004

The 7th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries

The 7th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries

After its six-year’s efficient exploration in offering a forum to promote and share the latest development of technology of digital library, the International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL) has turned out to be a grand annual event in the library and IT communities in Asia and the world as well. The 7th ICADL Conference in 2004 will be hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Library in Shanghai, China from December 13 to 17. The theme of this conference is: “Digital Libraries – International Collaboration and Cross-Fertilization”

For more information, visit the CFP page:

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Call for Writers -- Internet Reviews (College and Research Library News)

Call for Writers -- Internet Reviews (College and Research Library News)

From April 2004 issue, "If you're interested in writing for Internet Reviews, please contact editors Joni R. Roberts ( or Carol A. Drost (

This appears to be an open call without a deadline.

CFP: Currents in Electronic Literacy (4/30/04; e-journal issue)

CFP: Currents in Electronic Literacy (4/30/04; e-journal issue - "Intersections or Reflections: What Do Technology and Literature Have to Say to One Another?")

The upcoming issue of Currents in Electronic Literacy will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of technologically-informed work in literary studies. If literature mirrors (and implicitly critiques) society, how has its academic study come to reflect technological developments? Alternatively, where do literature and technology intersect? Submissions might fit one of the following categories:

--explorations of pedagogical uses of technology in the teaching of literature: either practical (how to use a particular application to teach a certain text) or theoretical (what are the implications of incorporating technology into the teaching of literature?)
--studies of the intersections of literary and technological forms: for example, new developments in hypertext fiction or blogs as an emerging genre. How has old content appeared in new forms, or new content in old forms? (Or how are the boundaries blurred?)
--investigations into how literature and technology reflect each other: how can the disciplinary concerns of literary studies help us approach technology? What can the paradigms of information technology offer to the study of literature?

Currents is also seeking reviews of recent texts relevant to our theme,
including the following:

Writing Machines (N. Katherine Hayles)
Radiant textuality : literature after the World Wide Web (Jerome McGann)
Intensive science and virtual philosophy (Manuel Delanda)
Digital Poetics: The Making of E-poetries (Loss Pequeno Glazier)
Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative (Mark S. Meadows)
Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion (Oliver Grau)
The New Media Reader (Wardrip-Fruin)
Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print (Jay David
Bolter )
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (Steven
Johnson) Cyborg Citizen: Politics in the Posthuman Age (Chris Hables Gray)

Send queries or papers as doc, rtf, or html attachments to by April 30, 2004.

Call for Speakers -- ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group (ALA, Orlando, June 2004)

Call for Speakers -- ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group (ALA, Orlando, June 2004)

The ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Discussion Group is calling for speakers for its meeting at the ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, Saturday, June 26, 2004, from 2-4 pm. Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers. Possible areas of discussion include but are not limited to: AACR2, electronic resources, authority control, digital libraries, bibliographic control of media resources, and training of professional/paraprofessional staff. Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and answers.

Please respond to:

Larry Heiman
Catalog Librarian, Arts & Sciences Team
Catalog Dept. Sterling Memorial Library. Yale University
P.O. Box 208240 New Haven CT 06520-8240